Open Houston Restaurants & More for Wednesday, February 17

Cilantro Chicken Vindaloo at Nirmanz Food Boutique in Sugar Land

The ramifications of the Texas-wide power grid failure and punishing temperatures have taken a turn for the worse. In addition to the cold, many Houstonians are now dealing with busted pipes, falling ceilings and, worst of all, no water. Even if the pipes haven’t broken, there are reports of low water pressure in some parts of the city.

As always — if the roads are still iced over, do not drive unless it’s absolutely necessary. However, with temperatures expected to be above freezing until sunset today, it’s possible that driving during daytime hours will be less precarious today than it’s been for a few days. With people in search of a warm place and a hot meal, here are the restaurants expected to be open.

This list will be updated throughout the day. 

A Note on Grocery Stores

Although many grocery stores opened yesterday, some readers are finding out the hard way that not all of those are open again today. Check our list of stores that readers have confirmed as open.


Pho VN 21, 5800 Bellaire: Cloud 10 Creamery owner Chris Leung says that it’s open — and wasn’t even particular busy when he visited.


Boeuf Bourguignon at Cafe Poetes
Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Burgundy) at Café Poêtes. Photo by Phaedra Cook.

Café Poêtes, 122 West Gray: Owner Karine Favre-Massartic says her cozy French bistro is open for to-go orders only from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu is limited, so call (346) 802-4969 in advance to find out what’s available and to order.

Tacos A Go Go, 910 Louisiana: The downtown location of the long-running Tex-Mex staple in One Shell Plaza is open for takeout and delivery only until 3 p.m.

EaDo/East Side

Indianola, 1201 Saint Emmanuel: Co-owner Vincent Huynh says the restaurant will open at 3 p.m. (hopefully) for to go and delivery orders. Call (832) 582-7202 or simply walk-in and place an order. Please note that there’s a limited amount of food available, so when it sells out, it’s gone.


Tacos A Go Go, 2912 White Oak: Get a taco fix from until 10 p.m. today. Orders are for takeout and delivery only.


Phat Eatery’s award winning beef rendang.

Phat Eatery, 20119 Colonial Parkway: The popular eatery in Katy Asian Town center is open for curbside pickup only with a limited dinner menu. Orders can be placed online.

Orleans Seafood Kitchen, 20940 Katy Freeway: Even though the phones are out, the owners say, “Just drive up and park!” A team member will meet you at your car to take your owner. The limited menu still sounds really good: fried shrimp dinner, catfish and shrimp dinner, fish dinner or a bowl of gumbo. Please note: only cash can be accepted at this time.

Museum District

The handwritten, limited menu for 2/17/21 at Chapultepec Lupita. Photo by Mike Copenhaver.

Chapultepec Lupita,  813 Richmond: Reader Mike Copenhaver reports that it’s open with a limited to-go menu. Please note that at this time, the restaurant is only accepting cash.

Rice Village

Roma, 2347 University: Owner Shanon Scott is set up to comply with the boil water notice — and is known for having plenty of great Italian wine on hand, too. Dine-in, takeout, curbside, and delivery are all available. View the menu online and call (713) 664-7581 to reserve or order. Assuming you have power at home, there’s a virtual dinner featuring the wines of Malvirà scheduled for this Friday, too. 

Spring Branch

A general note: reader Rashmi Parthasarathi – Kishinevsky says that some Korean barbecue restaurants on Long Point Road are open since these use propane gas for cooking. We recommend you call ahead to your location of choice before venturing out.

Sugar Land

Cilantro Chicken and Chicken Vindaloo with naan and saffron rice at Nirmanz Food Boutique in Sugar Land
Cilantro Chicken Vindaloo at Nirmanz Food Boutique in Sugar Land. Photo by Nirman Shah.

Nirmanz Food Boutique, 16338 Kensington: There’s little better to warm up with on a freezing night than comforting Indian curries. This beloved establishment from chef Nirman Shah serves an extensive menu of curries, Indian street food and other favorites. Try the Chicken Vindaloo with red Chile sauce and potatoes or the Cilantro Chicken with its complex, cilantro-based green sauce.  For more information and the full menu, visit the Nirmanz Food Boutique website.

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